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Loosely based on the Iliad, this movie strives to be a more grounded version of the Trojan War, keeping mythological elements at a minimum.
Composer Gabriel Yared spent a year writing and recording the score to Troy until it was decided, after focus group testing, that it should be rejected altogether. James Horner wrote the replacement score in 7 days, only weeks before the film's release.
May the Gods keep the wolves in the hills and the women in our beds!
Troy is a 2004 epic movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Starring Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt in the lead roles. The film is based on Homer's Iliad, but includes material from Virgil's Aeneid, among other sources.
Brad Pitt as Achilles
The film begins with a dispute between the armies of Agamemnon and the King of Thessaly. King Agamemnon and the King agree to resolve the battle by pitting the two strongest men in each army. It is then when Achilles, the greatest warrior of the Greek ranks is called. Boagrius, the best of Thessaly and Achilles begin the fight with Achilles winning easily.
Then in Sparta, King Menelaus holds a party with the Trojan princes Hector and Paris. In the midst of the party, Paris enters the room where Helen, Queen of Sparta, is and asks her to go with him to Troy. The next day Hector, Paris and other Trojans are on their way back to their land, then Paris confesses to his older brother that he has brought Helena with him. Hector is upset with the decision but chooses to take Helen, because she had no alternative if the damage was done.
Meanwhile in Sparta, Menelaus asks Agamemnon for help to retrieve his wife. Agamemnon agrees, but only accepts because of his ambitions to conquer Troy. Nestor, Agamemnon's friend, advises him to take Achilles to secure victory. Odysseus convinces Achilles to go to war in order to achieve immortality. Achilles goes to war with his cousin and apprentice Patroclus and his loyal Myrmidons.
The Greek army arrives with a thousand ships to the beaches of Troy, but Achilles is the one who attacks first, and with his Myrmidons takes the beach and kills priests and loots the temple of Apollo. Hector arrives with his cavalry and is surprised to see the Achilles' fighting skills. Achilles decides to spare his life and lets him go. Later in his camp Achilles receives Briseis, the cousin of the princes and servant of Apollo, but he is called by Agamemnon. Already in the camp of Agamemnon, the king flatters himself as responsible for taking the beach of Troy, and takes Briseis to himself. Achilles is furious and tries to kill Agamemnon, but is stopped by Briseis, that's when he decides not to fight anymore.
At dawn the Greek army prepares to tear down Troy's walls, but before that Paris challenges Menelaus to fight for the right to Helen. Menelaus accepts and easily beats Paris, but before he kills him Paris flees and is rescued by Hector, who kills Menelaus. Agamemnon is furious and orders to attack, but the Greeks are too close to the walls and the archers. Hector fights and kills Ajax the Great and eventually the Trojan army takes the upper hand. This lowers the morale of the Greek army and Odysseus advises Agamemnon to order withdrawal before they're beaten. The Greeks retreat and the battle ends. On the night Odysseus asks Agamemnon to reconcile with Achilles so the greek army is not defeated the nest day. Agamemnon returns Briseis to Achilles, who takes her to his camp. Achilles falls in love with her and treats her well, Briseis comes to understand Achilles and also falls for him, they decide to spend the night together and withdraw from Troy the next day.
The Trojans, convinced that the Greek's morality is shattered, decide to attack the Greek camp at dawn. The Greeks are easily defeated by the strength of the Trojans. But then the Myrmidons appear following someone who's wearing Achilles, Hector finds the warrior, whose face is hidden behind the helmet. Hector decides to fight with him, believing that it is Achilles, and in an instant cuts his neck. The Trojans scream with euphoria and the Greeks are aghast at such an event. Afterwards Hector removes the man's helmet and discovers that he is Patroclus, Achilles' cousin. Hector and Odysseus agree to a truce. Eudoro awakes Achilles in his camp and tells the shocking news, which infuriates him. Meanwhile Hector shows his wife Andromache a secret tunnel that leads out of Troy.
Achilles and Hector fight
The next morning, Achilles comes outside the walls of Troy and screams for Hector. Hector says goodbye to his family and goes out to face Achilles. The fight is even, but then Achilles takes the upper hand and kills Hector. Achilles ties Hector's feet to his car and drags him to his camp.
At night Priam in himself enters Achilles' camp and begs him to give back his son's body kissing his hands. Achilles agrees and gives him Briseis as well as 12 days of truce.
The Wooden horse used to fool the Trojans
Twelve days later the Trojans check the Greek camp and see it abandoned except for a giant wooden horse, said to be an offering to Poseidon. Priam decides to enter the horse into the city to celebrate. Later in the evening some soldiers emerge from the horse and open the gates of Troy letting 4,000 Greek soldiers into the city. In the midst of the destruction throughout the city Achilles looking for Briseis. Meanwhile Andromache, Helen and other Trojans take the secret tunnel that leads outside of the city, but Paris decides to stay and gives the sword of Troy to a young citizen named Aeneas, the Greeks plundered the temples of Troy and Agamemnon murders King Priam.
Briseis is found by Agamemnon. She stabs him in the neck, knocking him down. Achilles finally finds her, but at that moment Paris appears and shoots an arrow hitting Achilles' heel. Achilles becomes unable to walk more than Paris shoots three more arrows. Achilles gets to give his farewell to Briseis before dying. Then Briseis flees with Paris. The Greek soldiers eventually find Achilles’ body and cremate it the next day.